22 Mar, 2021 06:30 am

New facade will strengthen 1930s church in Island Bay

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” The original building was constructed in 1930 with timber framing, lightweight cladding and a large unreinforced masonry façade facing the street.However, the same month they got a letter from the Wellington City Council saying they had one year to fix the unreinforced masonry wall.The Unreinforced Masonry (URM) strengthening programme required building owners of certain buildings to take action to secure unreinforced masonry parapets and facades by the end of September 2018.“A seismic assessment completed in 2013 had led to an architect providing some preliminary drawings,” says Mark.

It allowed them to have a detailed seismic assessment and engineering design carried out of the building.This fund helps owners of non-heritage buildings with the cost or part-cost of a seismic assessment and design ahead of building strengthening.

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